Move over elephant ears; fried Kool-Aid is here


DEL MAR, Calif. – Move over funnel cakes and corn dogs, deep-fat fried Kool-Aid is here.

“Oh, the moment of truth,” said Joe Cocoba, a 31-year-old nursing student before biting into the glistening brown dough ball with a pink fluffy interior. “I can taste it (the Kool-Aid)! It’s good.”

San Diego County fair goers can’t seem to get enough of the newest, oily treat that debuted at “Chicken Charlie’s” food stand about two weeks ago when the annual event kicked off at the Del Mar fairgrounds north of San Diego.

Charlie Boghosian is the man behind the creations. The 42-year-old has spent two decades testing the limits of what can be cooked in grease and still taste good. Each year, he adds new, unusual items to his popular food stand. This year, it’s fried Kool-Aid.

He uses flour, water and Kool-Aid powder to make a batter that scoops into little balls that he then plops into hot oil. Boghosian says he can’t go into more specifics because he has plans to come out with a cookbook.

Boghosian, who weighs about 300 pounds, said he sold 100,000 fried Klondike bars last year and 2 million fried Oreo cookies over the past decade. But the $5.95 fried Kool-Aid is a hot seller.

“It’s been huge,” Boghosian said. “People are loving it.”


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